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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Everywhere you look these days, it’s Bobby Lindstrom, Bobby Lindstrom, Bobby Lindstrom.

The Bend-based blues/rock singer-songwriter seems to get more gigs ’round here than just about anyone else.

So we decided to write about him!

This week, Bobby’s playing four shows in five nights. My colleague David Jasper met up with him earlier this week and found about his background and the clarity that comes with being clean and sober.

When he was 17, (Lindstrom) and a friend attended a recording seminar at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and decided to hitchhike from there to Oxnard, Calif. “His cousin lived there, and he wasn’t home. We sat out on his porch, and I started playing the blues, just like that,” Lindstrom said. “I’m like, ‘Dude! Check this out! This is so easy, man.’ After that I started listening to B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Taj Mahal, Little Richard.”

He’s been writing and playing the blues ever since. The hale, 58-year-old father of a 31-year-old son, Lindstrom describes himself as a recovering addict. He’s had a rebellious tendency and an addictive personality from childhood — “long before I found drugs,” he said — and has been clean and sober since 1995.

Following rehab, Lindstrom launched into a flurry of writing and recording, and has released a string of six albums since 1999. His most recent two are 2010’s “Hungry, Cold & Blue” and “Bring It On,” released last year. A disc of blues standards is slated for release this year. (Lindstrom’s albums are available at www.reverbnation.com/bobbylindstrom.)

“It’s been curious watching myself, as I learn to write and play and start to get some success. Success is the strangest thing for a recovering addict. All of a sudden, everything is working,” he said. “The last couple of years, everything that I’ve been through is starting to make sense. It’s starting to come into focus.”

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing.

Boots Riley and The Coup

For my Feedback column this week, I spent Saturday night taking in some hip-hop: The Coup, Busdriver and Buck 65 at Bend WinterFest. Here’s an excerpt:

To paraphrase that great, graceful star of stage and screen known as Meat Loaf, I would do anything for a quality hip-hop show in Bend … even that.

And by “that” I mean “traipse around Bend’s west side on a bone-chilling February night to see three interesting and imaginative rappers perform in a town that has experienced a dearth of good hip-hop in recent months.”

Even that, I would do.

Let’s get this out of the way: Saturday night was cold. So, so cold. Cold enough that my brilliant plan to park at the Century Center, walk a mile or so to Bend WinterFest to see Oakland-based funk-hop group The Coup on an outdoor stage in the Old Mill District, and then walk back to the Century Center for an indoor afterparty show by oddball rappers Busdriver and Buck 65 didn’t seem so brilliant at about 9:45 p.m., as I trudged along Simpson Avenue, teeth chattering.

What can I say? I don’t look at weather forecasts.

I promise the whole thing isn’t about me. In fact, the rest is about the shows. Read the whole thing by clicking here.

Also in this week’s music section: G. Love & Special Sauce return to the Domino Room, Greensky Bluegrass is back in town tonight, and a ton of locals: Five Pint Mary, Rural Demons, Blackflowers Blacksun, Johnny Forrest, Boxcar Stringband, Flannel Bandana. Plus we’ve got a photo album of Third Seven’s tour of Europe right here. He’ll play a homecoming show Monday.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 17th, 2012

As usual, this week’s music section teems with shows to go see, but we definitely need to make note of Bend WinterFest’s live lineup this year. It’s a strong one.

Tonight’s lineup is all about variety, with Larry and His Flask and MarchFourth Marching Band on the main stage, and Keys N Krates’ electronic groove at the after-party at Century Center. And Saturday is all about hip-hop, with The Coup, Buck 65, Busdriver and Mosley Wotta on the bill. In GO! Magazine, we focused on Saturday, and you can read all about those artists here.

Now, as for non-WinterFest sounds …

Portland’s The Quick & Easy Boys return to Bend Saturday for a show at The Astro Lounge. I spoke with bassist Sean Badders about being a funk/punk/twang/rock band in a town where indie rock reigns.

“We’re very much operating outside the hip radar (in Portland),” Badders said. “Yeah, there are people that know about us, but there’s still so many people who have no idea who we are.

“The super-hip bands in this town, they all seem to be comprised out of a core group of about 100 people who all know each other and are all very connected, and that’s just not how we did it,” he said. “We really came up on the outside, and we’ve made good in a way. But at the same time we still want to expose ourselves to that other audience and get it going with them, too.”

You should click here and read the whole thing!

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Lone Madrone and The Beautiful Train Wrecks hit The Horned Hand, Tunnidge headlines an electronic show, Darrell Grant plays Jazz at the Oxford, Fierce Creatures come to town, and more!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Hi friends! It’s time for a short but action-packed recap of what’s in the music section of today’s GO! Magazine.

Underground hip-hop heads have lots to choose from this weekend. Read about Del the Funky Homosapien here and Busdriver here.

The middle three days of next week will be abnormally busy and diverse as reggae artist Ky-Mani Marley, Portland folk band Y La Bamba and country traditionalist Marty Stuart play in Bend. Click here to read about all three of them.

I also want to highlight an opportunity to hear some African music with the Dusu Mali Band visiting Silver Moon. Beyond that, we’ve got Tuck and Roll, No Cash Value and Antique Scream at Players, StillFear and Tentareign at Grover’s, a busy week at The Marilyn, the Two/Thirds Trio playing a couple of jazz shows, and Todd Haaby playing a benefit show for a Summit High School band. Click here to see the whole music section.

Holy hip-hop! Ice Cube, Del the Funky Homosapien, Busdriver coming to Bend (but not together)

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Hip-hop heads rejoice! A few shows announced this weekend means things are looking up for rap fans over the next couple months:

–On Feb. 12, West Coast icon and breakout star of the Hieroglyphics crew Del The Funky Homosapien will return to Bend. Openers include Bukue One, who really impressed me the one time I saw him. Details on the show are here. In other Del news, one of the only CDs I’ve ever lost was a copy of his solo debut “I Wish My Brother George Was Here.” I think my brother Adam swiped it.

–L.A.-based alt-hip-hop motormouth Busdriver returns to town on Feb. 13 for a show at MadHappy Lounge. Last time dude was here, he opened for The Greyboy Allstars at Domino Room, but this will be a much more intimate, much cheaper (probably free) show. All you Mosley Wotta fans should not sleep on this one. I have one Busdriver album — 2007′s “Roadkill Overcoat” — and it is a funky, psychedelic trip around the left-of-center hip-hop planet.

–Put a big circle around March 27 on your calendar, because that’s when rap legend (and cousin of Del, coincidentally) Ice Cube comes to the Midtown Ballroom. Cube is inarguably one of the most important and influential figures in the history of the genre, thanks to his powerful work with N.W.A. and as a solo artist. (This is one of my favorite beats ever.) Plus he was in “Boyz n the Hood.” Of course, his music career is past its prime and these days, I mostly think of him as the multimedia mogul who’s always on TV telling me that TBS is “very funny.” Still … it’s Ice Cube. Looking forward to this one. Find more details on the show here.